District 5 - Eveleth area
Last updated: 2014-10-14
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) finished up field training with a COC. Work activities for the week consisted of checking fishing activity on Rainy River and grouse hunting activity in station. An injured wolf was dispatched near the outskirts of Int?l Falls, along with picking up another from a predator control trapper from a depredation complaint.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports monitoring area forest roads, checking public access sites, and continued work on seasonal equipment transition. Phone calls were returned and computer and office work tended to. Assistance was provided to DNR forestry.
CO Brad Schultz (Cook) reports quite a few people in the area getting their hunting shacks in order and doing a little grouse hunting. A few more birds are starting to appear as the leaves fall off the trees. Not much fishing going on and most anglers have put their boats away for the winter. Numerous questions relating to the upcoming hunting seasons were received.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked ongoing hunting seasons, invasive species enforcement, investigated a public waters fill complaint, taught a Firearms Safety Class in Buhl, and handled complaints of an injured deer, discarded ducks, late duck shooters, and an ATV accident with injuries. More grouse are showing up in the bag, with more birds being seen and a couple of limits taken. A complaint of duck hunters shooting after the 4:00 PM closure hours ended up with two hunters hunting 2 ½ hours late, having toxic shot, not having a license in possession, no life jackets, a federal duck stamp violation and the littering of beer cans into the lake. Other violations encountered during the week consisted of possession of toxic shot, unsigned federal duck stamp, wanton waste, and no small game license in possession, no HIP certification, OHV trespass and a number of ATV violations.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) took a call concerning a road killed timber wolf on Hwy 53 north of Virginia. The reporting party asked if he could have a permit for the pelt. CO Frericks explained that CO?s were not authorized to release road killed timber wolves to private parties at this time. Instead, the timber wolf was turned over to the local Boy Scout Troop to be used for educational purposes. CO Frericks assisted St Louis County deputies by responding to a call about a cabin owner who had his window shot out by a juvenile with a BB gun on Ely Island on Lake Vermilion. The cabin owner reported one of the juveniles had fled in a canoe and the other three on foot. The canoe the juvenile fled in was found and CO Frericks and the deputies began searching through the woods for the juveniles. CO Frericks eventually located all four juveniles in a cabin that they had just broken into. The juveniles face numerous serious felony charges such as burglary, criminal damage to property and theft.
International Falls # 2 - vacant.
Ray - vacant.
Tower - vacant.